Infographic: 15 ways to winterize your home

This would have been a good thing to post a few months back I guess…

http://visual.ly/track.php?q=http://visual.ly/15-ways-winterize-your-home&slug=15-ways-winterize-your-home From Visually.

 

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What You (Might Not) Want To Know about Mice & Rats: An infographic

Well now that winter is fading (not that it was much of one), it is time to think about turning the water back on and heading to the schoolhouse.

However that also means we will have to clean up from our furry squatters. This infographic I discovered shares a little bit of why I take such care in cleaning up after the mice. Blech.

What You (Might Not) Want To Know about Mice & Rats
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The non-Disney kind of frozen

Ever seen a frozen toilet?

Until last weekend  hadn’t either. I can tell you it involves much swearing.

The tank is tanked

The tank is tanked

While the water was off this winter, a little water remained in the system. Generally we keep a little heat on to avoid this sort of thing but when I arrived at the house the heat was off and at some point, according to our thermometer, had reached -9° Celsius at some point in the past few weeks. Good times. So a new toilet is on my shopping list now as the tank cracked substantially. We will wait until the spring to see what else has gone awry.

Summer is over and so is fall

Well it appears that not only is summer over but so is fall.

Ok so autumn isn’t over for a few weeks but it sure does feel like it. I don’t have any wintry schoolhouse shots yet but the ones from this fall are a reminder that winter is on its way.

It always looks a little lonely at this time of year.

It always looks a little lonely at this time of year.

There are so many leaves to rake. I laugh at anyone with a suburban yard!

There are so many leaves to rake. I laugh at anyone with a suburban yard!

The yard was still green when we last raked but I doubt I will find it such now.

The yard was still green when we last raked but I doubt I will find it such now.

Boquet Octagonal Schoolhouse

Here is an interesting schoolhouse from New York State. Would have been neat to have an octagonal building.

Preservation in Pink

It’s not everyday that you encounter an octagonal stone schoolhouse; but drive on Route 22 through the tiny hamlet of Boquet in the town of Essex, NY and you’ll come across this historic 1826 structure. Designed by architect Benjamin Gilbert, the school served the population around the local, growing sawmills. The octagon was later popularized by Thomas Jefferson at Poplar Forest (read more here from AARCH). Today the building is owned by the town and open for tours by appointment. Many original features remain in this octagonal schoolhouse. The community is undertaking a fundraiser to raise money for restoration of the building. Read more here. And there’s an old set of swings, too. Take a look!

Boquet Schoolhouse in Essex, NY. Boquet Schoolhouse in Essex, NY.

Stone & octagonal. The local heritage orgainzation (ECHO) is raising money to repair to building. Stone & octagonal. The local heritage organization (ECHO) is raising money to repair to building.

And a bit of a historic playground to go along with the schoolhouse! And a bit of a historic playground to go along with the…

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13 Elements of a dream green home

I found this infographic on incorporating green elements into the construction of a new home. I would like to try some of these one day into any renovations we do at the schoolhouse.

I was speaking to someone the other day who has installed solar panels at their home and how much they are enjoying it. I have to think we don’t have a giant, steep, green roof for nothing!

This infographic comes from sustainablog.

Thirteen Elements of a Dream Green Home*

Painting the town

I am off to the schoolhouse and whilst I am away the living room and dining room are getting a fresh coat of paint.

A pleasant surprise will await me while I work at gardening and cleaning for the next few days at the schoolhouse. We’ve got a few irons in the fire for the next few weeks so hopefully we will be able to tick a few things off the old list.

I will be happy to see that flat eggshell I have been scuffing and swearing at since we moved in. The previous owners painted it flat and then their children promptly began marking it up. Though we have done our share.

So long eggshell!